Is GDI Global Domains International A Scam?

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Jay & Robert recently asked my opinion about GDI aka Global Domains International. So I decided to write a review since it's a pretty well known opportunity that has been on the radar for a while.

After following the usual steps in my scam video, I was a bit frustrated. Most of the sites that came up in my research were clearly members of Global Domains International that were sugar coating the GDI income for life opportunity. Obviously it's in the members financial interest not to say anything negative about the company. But I think that puts everyone at a disadvantage on both ends. The reason is that people will find out about the down sides of the opportunity on their own after joining. That's never a good thing, because work at home seekers don't like surprises and your opportunity could be labeled a scam because you omitted facts that may concern them.

I've learned that the hard way. So that's why I try my best to disclose all the negative aspects of opportunities I review and are affiliated with. This way you know what you're getting yourself into beforehand. And if something you read isn't your cup of tea, at least you have the chance to avoid the opportunity all together.

So with that said, I had to really dig hard to find the complaints about GDI. Please note this wasn't because there weren't any complaints. It's just happens that the non-biased search results were buried under the folks that want you to join GDI blindly. Obviously these guys know their internet marketing and I can't really “hate” on that.

So What Exactly Is the Global Domains International Opportunity?

Well, it's sort of a mix of a traditional MLM & affiliate program. Anyone that has ever been involved in an MLM knows it usually involves over priced products with high pressure sales tactics and “confusing ass” compensation matrix. So my spider senses were going crazy. The fact that I saw a sports car on their main page didn't help matters. But I simmered down because their opportunity did exhibit some elements of an affiliate career which you all know I recommend highly for the right people.

In any event, the product that GDI is pushing wasn't some overpriced tooth paste or berry juice. (No offense to any of you pushing that stuff. To each their own.) Global Domains International offers domain names and related web services. Obviously you don't need Sherlock Holmes to figure that out based on the name of the company. In any event for the benefit of the technically challenged, let me break down some of the “GREEK” that will be used in the rest of the article. Domains are just another label for .com names. So for instance I own so that's my domain name. I purchased it using a domain name provider such as Hostgator or GoDaddy. Domain names cost anywhere from $3-$10 depending on where you get them. After acquiring your domain name you need something called hosting which can cost about $3-$10 as well. Hosting is basically where all your pages of your domain name are stored so that when someone visits your site they will find something to read there. It's like the space on your computer where you save files or pictures. But hosting is for your web pages that you create with some software.

Hopefully that made sense. As we all know, everyone is going online. So this means more and more companies and people need domain names and hosting. GDI claims you can earn large amounts of money by providing this valuable service to the masses. No objections here.

How Global Domains International Opportunity Works

1. You sign up for one of their domain and hosting packages which is $10 per month. This provides you with one of their .ws domain name, hosting and some other included web services. It's also allows you to be a rep for the company where you can refer other people to their services or opportunity. (There is also a free 7 day trial.)

2. Once you become a paid member you're provided with an application that can be used to send invitations through email campaigns, DVD invitations to send through the mail or hand out face-to-face, and a wealth of other marketing resources at your disposal. These marketing materials will link to your selling website which allegedly sells for you because of a very persuasive video.

3. For every direct referral you make, you earn a $1 in commissions. There is also a bonus program where if you refer 5 new customers within a week period you earn a $100 bonus. As long as the customers stay on, you'll make residual income of $1 per month for each customer. You also make money on your customers referrals.

Reasons Some Label Global Domains International A Scam

1. Apparently some have claimed that their credit card was charged even after canceling the trial. Folks have also claimed that they make you jump through hoops to cancel.

2. Some have also argued the GDI domain names and hosting are over priced and don't provide nearly as much value as hosting from well known companies like Godaddy or Hostgator.

3. GDI is offering a several tiered affiliate program at a price. In most cases parent companies never charge folks to be an affiliate of their organization. You're also never really required to purchase the product. Affiliate programs are usually totally free because it benefits the parent company to have an active sales force promoting their products. So why charge them? Someone can easily become an affiliate of some bigger name companies that offer a free affiliate program with better quality and services for lower prices.

4. From an internet marketing perspective most companies use .com for a reason. People remember .com domain names. Yes companies will buy other domain name extensions such as .net, .biz, etc. But they do this to protect their brand not because they feel those extensions will really catch on and replace .com names. So the fact that GDI only sells .ws domain names is very limiting because most people that come online will want a .com name. They claim that all .com names will eventually be snatched up. But that's ridiculous because people's domain expire all the time. Furthermore with the right marketing some enterprising soul can make up a word and become the next Google. Remember when none of us knew what the heck Google meant?

So that's what I've learned from my initial research. By no means is it totally complete or infallible. But at least you have an idea of what some of the complaints are about this opportunity.

I agree that domain names and hosting are a valuable service. Graphic and website designers offer it all the time along with their design services. But 99% of those professionals are affiliates of bigger domain and hosting companies. And they aren't paying to be an affiliate of these companies and they're making tons of money.

There is definitely value in the GDI marketing resources because getting people to refer is always going to be the tough part in affiliate marketing. So maybe that's worth the $10 per month. But the fact that they only sell .ws domains is what would put the breaks on this opportunity for me or my recommendation of it to others.

So based on some of the factors I've discovered, I would pass on this opportunity. Not so much because I think it's a scam, it's more because i feel you're limited with the .ws domain name. The other thing that one has to keep in mind is that you can become an affiliate of other domain and hosting companies for free. However in defense of GDI, you're not really paying to be an associate of their company. You're actually paying for hosting and domain services. But as a paying customer, GDI gives you the perk of making money referring people to GDI. But again, you can do this for free with other companies. So with that said, I just don't see it being worth the investment.

However if you're willing to invest in a home opportunity and want my personal recommendation, my vote is still with Wealthy Affiliate. I think you would get more value with that opportunity if you have the right commitment level and work ethic. Any good home business opportunity is going to take work on your end. Marketing material, videos etc are only as good as the people that use them. So don't let anyone tell you differently. Because chances are they're selling you a pipe dream.

For the folks that only want traditional jobs, please be sure to visit our work at home jobs page by clicking here or our trusted partner for pre-screened job leads without any ads to muck through.

In any event, I want to give another big “shout out” to Jay & Robert for bringing a new type of work at home opportunity to review. This year, I'm going to try to do more user requested reviews provided that it's not about data entry, typing, cash leveraging, rebate processing or survey opportunities. I've generically covered all those opportunities on our work at home questions page. If you haven't read that page in it's entirety, you're doing yourself a dis-service. But if you have a new type of work at home opportunity that doesn't fit material I've already covered, please post your review request in our ask page or down below. But chances are you can probably get an answer quickly by following the steps in our scam video by clicking here.

Let me know what you guys think about GDI. I am sure we may see a few of the GDI folks posting and we welcome their comments.

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Eva - July 10, 2015 Reply

I had done GDI years a go. I made no money. I did all the services. I did not get one cent doing this. I felt I was wasting $10.00 a month for earning nothing. So I canceled the service. I feel this is a scam. A pirmod scheme . The product is the CD.s that they hand out for free on GDI. There was no physical real product to sell. Just the services . That what make it as it is a “SCAM “

    Eddy Salomon - July 11, 2015 Reply

    Hey Eva,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. There are plenty of legitimate business that sell a service that aren’t physical such as information, digital media, etc. So you don’t need to a have a physical product to be considered a legitimate company. And furthermore there are plenty of people that try businesses and just fail to make it work. Again that doesn’t make the business a scam. It just means the person failed to make it profitable for them and that happens often with business which is why most people are employees. So none of this would make a company a scam to me. That said I’m not real big on GDI for the reasons I laid above in the article. So that’s where we both probably agree that it’s not neccessarily the best business to work. Either way, I appreciate your insight.

gary - August 10, 2014 Reply

I been offered to join GDI
they get me 6 signups with a team bld
then get 6 for them 6 so on and on 5 levels?
will this work…………..gary

    Eddy Salomon - August 10, 2014 Reply

    Hey Gary,

    If you’re interested given what you’ve in my review above and you have the money to invest, it may be worth a shot. I would just research the team that is recruiting you. Also keep in mind my article about reps that sign you up for these opportunities.

    I would encourage you to look at my top recommendation as well and compare the two opportunities. Mine is free to join and start.

    Keep me posted either way.

Gary - July 20, 2014 Reply

I cannot afford GoDaddy but can afford GDI

    Eddy Salomon - July 21, 2014 Reply

    If you can’t afford $11-$14 or less using promo codes for a domain name for your business then you may not be ready to run a business. I get you’re a member of GDI but come on guy. lol

Therelpiet - June 11, 2014 Reply

Hi Eddy – after reading all the comments I am now so confused. Someone very close to me joint GDI and used the to advertise other affiliate schemes like SFI however, up to date no downlines? What is your views about SFI?

    Eddy Salomon - June 12, 2014 Reply


    In any business that involves recruiting/sales it’s always going to take time to make your first sale. It can take weeks or months to see your first sale with a business. It just comes with the territory and why most people are afraid to become business owners. You need to have patience and dedication to see the business through before you see success. So just because your friend hasn’t made any sales or sign up yet doesn’t really mean anything. It’s pretty normal when you’re first starting out.

    I haven’t been with SFI for years so I don’t have much feedback about it. But if you are looking to be the boss and start a home business you may want to consider my top FREE work at home recommendation here: it provides you the training, tools and most importantly the support you need to succeed with a home business which is key. Furthermore you can actually start a business around something you have a passion for or an expertise in. Where most businesses you’re selling or pushing something you aren’t really passionate about and when you hit that wall, you’re more inclined to give up. That’s not the case with my #1 Free Recommendation. S

    So that’s something else to consider. Just because something is right for one person doesn’t mean it’s RIGHT for you. Explore all your options and go with your gut. I hope this helps.

    Therelpiet - June 12, 2014 Reply

    Thank you Eddy – most helpful and I will investigate your recommendation.

    Eddy Salomon - June 12, 2014 Reply

    You’re very welcome! Glad to help.

Jcrogers_empiresandy - May 22, 2012 Reply

Say you sign up for the 7 day free trial and you bring in 5 people within those 7 days will you still get paid the $100.00 for bringing in those 5 people?

Eddy Salomon - May 16, 2012 Reply

I think you’re over generalizing which is very dangerous in so many respects as we’ve seen in history.

I agree that expecting to earn a full time living with only 30 minutes a day sounds like a bunch of bull to me too. As someone that DOES actually earn a full time living online, I can tell you 30 minutes a day would only scratch the surface of my day to day activity. I know a lot of other folks that make a full time living at home as well and none of them merely do it with only 3o minutes a day.

So if someone told me that, I wouldn’t trust them either. But it should be noted that you can earn a full time living online. But it’s going to require that you bust your ass like you would offline. Anyone telling you otherwise is full of it.

But the internet has and continues to help people work at home full time. So it’s not a myth despite all the crap that you may see out there. It’s just a matter of filtering through that nonsense to find the legitimate opportunities and resources that will help you succeed. Fortunately that’s what this site is about.

So don’t let your past experiences or pre-conceived notions make you jaded where you’re ignoring legitimate opportunities. Trust me when I say it won’t help you be successful making money online. A healthy skepticism with a large dosage of research is what should be employed. But broad generalizations and assumptions is just the opposite of what you should be doing to succeed.

Thanks for chiming in.

Cmbjr33 - May 14, 2012 Reply

I think that all of these “opportunities” take advantage of desperate people living in a desperate time
just trying to find a way to climb out of the hole. So what they only charge $10 dollars a month, the point is they all promiss that you can make a living doing this when it is a blatant lie. Only 30 minutes a day and you can replace your income, it’s total bullshit. The internet has become a sess pool of scams period.

leigh - January 11, 2012 Reply

i really wanna give this a try as soon as possible,.but sadly,.right now,.i don’t have a paypal,credit card or any account,..i hope there are other ways of payment for newbies like me,.;(

Charles - April 8, 2011 Reply

Hi Eddy. Thanks for the info about GDI. I had been contemplating for days about joining them, until I remembered to contact my new friend (you) and ask for his advice. THANKS for clearing this up for me! By the way, while I’m here Eddy, I signed up for LiveOps, and I passed everything including the background check. However, now, I’m having difficulty completing the next level, which is the “Electronic Application.” They’ve made the text on this application too small for me to read. Therefore, I can not understand it. And when I complained to them about it, they apologized and said, (in so many words), “Sorry, but, this is the only format for this appliocation.” Well, this is one of the reasons that I’m considering forfeiting the 50 bucks I paid for the background check. Another reason is because my computer may not be compatible with their platform. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to chalk this up as another learning experience. Right Eddy?


    Eddy Salomon - April 8, 2011 Reply

    You’re welcome. And yes any time stuff like that happens, I view it as a learning experience and I move on.

greed4money - August 30, 2010 Reply

I appreciate your inputs about this GDI, Eddy. I was about to join in GDI but I changed my mind because the way their payment matrix plan works, I realized that its really hard to manage 5 X 5 matrix and I also don’t like the .ws domain because its not that common and average internet surfers will have a hard time to remember it.

    Eddy Salomon - August 31, 2010 Reply


    You’re welcome. Just keep in mind that they do offer .com names now. Someone in the previous comments corrected me about that. But if the matrix thing doesn’t appeal to you, then I totally understand. I’m just happy the review and the comments above and helped you make a decision that was right for you.

Cassandra - August 21, 2010 Reply

i am curious about this GDI.. they say, they’ll pay $1/month up to 5 levels deep with referrals.. is it really a MONTHLY PAYMENT???? that’s the part i don’t understand, please explain

tech9iner - August 2, 2010 Reply

rofl… omg Eddy m\’friend.. tis uncanny the amount of deja vu\’s an more each other time i visit your site mate! LOL..


\’\’\’ …and “confusing ass” compensation matrix. So my spider senses were going crazy… \’\’\’

i\’ve been, since fall of my fourteenth year when i finally put away all my stacks of comic books.. describing the \’hair back of neck + spine chills etc\’ as \’my spider sense is tingling again!!\’ ROFL..


    Eddy Salomon - August 2, 2010 Reply

    LOL, Tech9iner.
    Glad you can appreciate the humor and references.

walliat - March 15, 2010 Reply

Anyone who asks for money up from (even $10) must be running a scam. After all, if the product was that good and it was going to make money anyway, why ask for money to join?
…Am I missing something?

    Eddy Salomon - March 15, 2010 Reply

    Hi Walliat,

    Yes you are. There is a difference between a home business and a job. A job is when you work for someone else. You get a set salary for a certain amount of hours. A business isn’t a job. It takes money to get a business started. For instance I can’t start a McDonald’s without money. I need supplies, a building, employees, marketing, etc. GDI is the same concept. It’s not a job. So there is a difference. Too often you have these people and other work at home websites running around making blanket statements that anything charging a fee is a scam. And that’s not always the case, some of these opportunities are businesses and any business owner will tell you, you can’t start a business without money.

    So keep that in mind when you come across an opportunity. Don’t jump to conclusions. Always do your research. Don’t assume, know! With that said if you’re not looking for a home based business and want a traditional job then visit the following page:

    Hopefully now you know the difference between a home based business opportunity and a job. Good luck.

Mark Reeves - December 11, 2009 Reply

Thanks for sharing this website. Came on the check out ClixSense – not for an opportunity, but rather to see just how people expected $0.01 every 30 seconds to add up to more that $1.20/hour… Anyway, being involved in GDI, I just had to know what your opinion was. The main thing I think people miss and maybe even GDI themselves is how their website package is about the easiest, least technical way to get one’s own website. And, they will register the other extensions as well as the .ws, but really – people DO often find the name they want is taken up in .com land and .ws (“web site”) isn’t THAT hard to remember… I do recommend that GDI affiliates use there website for something besides just promoting GDI, so that they can either create other income streams or share info or both. I promote Live Laugh Love.
Happy Holidays!

Erik Vail - December 2, 2009 Reply

Hi Eddy! Thank you for your answer and for your helpful articles. I will continue with GDI, investing 10$ bucks a month is little. The hyphe indeed is misleading and counterproductive and it just turns away potential clients. Telling friends about joining GDI makes them to surf to something hyphy on net and they call telling “How could you fell for that?”. For those interesting only in hosting and not in the business part I do not recommend GDI because one can benefit from a way better hosting opportunities.

    Eddy Salomon - December 2, 2009 Reply

    Hi Erik,

    You’re welcome. I have to agree with all your points there. I guess time will tell how it works out for you.

Eddy Salomon - December 2, 2009 Reply

Hi Johnney,

Welcome to our little hole on the web. It’s great to see when people do their research and I’m glad it lead you here. Larry was just a little peeved. It happens from time to time when discussing these opportunities. We try to keep that stuff in check because we don’t want this blog turning into some battle field instead of a place of intellectual discussions.

I totally agree with your statement about “work”. Sometimes people just don’t get that especially when it comes to building a business. With a job you may be able to slide by just by showing up. That doesn’t cut it with a business whether its GDI or anything else. So you’ve hit it on the head.

In any event, I’m glad reading this article struck a nerve and you’ll be back to explore more the site. I’m confident you’ll gain a lot of insight. If you want to stay up to date when we post new articles please be sure to subscribe here:

Take care.

Johnney - December 2, 2009 Reply

Hi All,
Very interesting comments. I was directed to GDI through an email from someone I’m sure I don’t know, and then googled for some reviews and voila! here I am. I feel I must say Larry was a might strong, but I can’t remember the last time I read every comment posted to an article, Eddy I am extremely impressed with how often you post a reply and therefore I am obliged to further investigate your site and happenings. Haven’t joined GDI and probably will not, however, from what I have read so far, I don’t believe it is a scam, maybe a little misleading in some of its’ hypey typey talk, BUT, I am not saying it is a scam. I will say this, whether you work from home or work for someone else or work for yourself offline or work online away from home, the operative word is WORK. Whatever you do, to do it right you gotta work it, financial freedom, time freedom, less stress, more joy, better relationships you know what you gotta do, that’s right — Work It, Baby!
I have really enjoyed this and can’t wait to visit again, bookmarking you for sure my friend.
Success to all and to all Success.

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